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James Bartimus

James Bartimus

Partner

Since founding the firm in 1977, Jim Bartimus has been recognized as a premier medical malpractice attorney, representing plaintiffs nationwide in complex negligence and pharmaceutical cases. Bartimus, who attended medical school after receiving his J.D., considers it a personal mission to handle all client cases with precision and care. “Every day, people walk in who have suffered a catastrophe or a tragedy and my motivation is to try and help them.”

Bartimus is also a contributing author to a number of textbooks and has written extensively for national legal publications. He is a past adjunct professor to the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and is past adjunct graduate faculty for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing. Bartimus has spoken at more than 100 continuing legal and medical education events throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

Bartimus and his wife Dana are involved in community activities through The DanaJames Foundation and enjoy traveling and spending time with their three sons, Adam, Philip and Ian.

EDUCATION AND PAST EXPERIENCE

1980 – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
1977 – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, J.D.
1971– University of Missouri, B.A.

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Jurisdictions
Missouri Supreme Court
Kansas Supreme Court
Colorado Supreme Court
State of Missouri – All Jurisdictions
State of Colorado – All Jurisdictions
State of Nebraska – All Jurisdictions
State of Kansas – All Jurisdictions
United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri
United States Federal District Court – District of Kansas
United States Supreme Court

Professional
American Board of Trial Advocates – Western Missouri Chapter, Past President
American Judicature Society
American Society of Legal Medicine
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Civil Justice Foundation, Past President
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
American College of Legal Medicine
International Society of Barristers, President
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association,Past President
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation,Past President
Lawyers-Pilot Bar Association
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Past President
Missouri Institute for Justice,Past President
National Judicial College, Co-Chair Board of Visitors
The Summit Council
UMKC Law Foundation, Past President

Civic
American Lung Association
Center for Practical Bioethics, Past Board Member
DanaJames Kids Foundation
Kids and Cars Organization, Board Member
LEAP (Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
University of Kansas City Trustees, Past Board Member

HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS

UMKC Alumni Achievement Award 2014
Man of the Year, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Super Lawyers of Missouri and Kansas, 2005 to present
Best Lawyers in America, 2000 to present
Martindale-Hubbell, 25+ years AV Preeminent Rating, 1985 to present
Lawyer of the Year 2014, Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers of America
Lawyer of the Year 2013, Personal Injury, Best Lawyers of America
Lawyer of the Year 2012, Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers of America
Lawyer of the Year, 2010, Personal Injury, Best Lawyers of America
Litigator of the Year, Kansas City, 2010 Best Lawyers
Kansas City’s The Best of the Bar, 2000 to present
KCMBA Presidential Recognition Award
Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, Best Medical Negligence Lawyer in Missouri; Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award (ATLA) 2006
William P. Borland Award, Law Foundation, University of Missouri KC
Belton High School Hall of Fame
Acorn Award from Missouri Humanities Council
"Best Up and Coming Lawyer," Kansas City, Missouri Town Squire Magazine, 1982
Dean of the Trial Bar, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Dean's List, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Decade Award, Law Foundation, University of Missouri KC
Finalist, National Appellate Advocacy, 1977
Law Review, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
Moot Court Board, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
President’s Award, University of Missouri Law Foundation, 1996
Senior Life Fellow, American Board of Trial Attorneys
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Work Horse Award, The Belli Society
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in Kansas City
Who's Who Worldwide